- Series: WOW!
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321712447
- ISBN-13: 978-0321712448
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adobe Illustrator CS5 Wow! Book 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
The definitive full-color book on mastering Adobe Illustrator—now completely reorganized, fully updated, and created for intermediate through professional users of Illustrator CS5 For years, Sharon Steuer and her international WOW! team have been showcasing the world's best artists and designers working in Illustrator. In this completely updated edition of the best-selling and award-winning Illustrator WOW! Book, you'll find hundreds of tips, tricks, and techniques derived from actual projects from these top Illustrator artists. Using Adobe Illustrator CS5, Sharon shows you how to integrate the new perspective grid, Shape Builder tool, Bristle Brushes, transparency in gradient mesh, new drawing modes, multiple artboards, and more. This edition is loaded with new lessons, galleries, and stunning new artwork that features:
- Creating artwork with the dynamic Perspective Grid
- Fast construction with the Shape Builder tool and drawing modes
- Working with the painterly and naturalistic Bristle Brushes
- Creating variety in strokes with the new Width tool
- Enhanced Web, Flash, and animation workflow
- Fast and easy masking using the Draw Inside mode
- Layering transparency in photorealistic gradient mesh
- Managing multiple artboards with the new Artboards panel
- Integrating Blob Brush artwork with Live Paint
- Working quickly using the improved Appearance panel
For intermediate through professional-level illustrators.
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Top Customer Reviews
Bottom line: I used Illustrator daily for around 8 years before buying the very first book (purchased used) that I bought and it increased my skill level considerably. That's not an exaggeration, nearly 10 years experience at the time and this book taught me a lot. It's now nearly 10 years later and I continue to buy these books because they are the only book I've found that guarantees I will make money from the knowledge that I learn from it; if not by skill itself, but by the time saved by being more productive.
If you think you know everything about Illustrator, like I did, buy this book and you will thank me for it. I thought I was as good as it gets at the time. In hindsight, I can easily estimate that I am *at least* 4-times better at Illustrator because I bought these books. If you think you know Illustrator, it's time that you buy this book to prove yourself wrong. And besides, it'll pay for itself.
(PS. On a side note, I believe I've rated and reviewed all of the series of these books, that's how much I love this series. I not only believe this is the only book with advanced techniques, but firmly believe it should be purchased by every single person that uses Illustrator with more than 5 years experience.)
I have limited time and don't enjoy books that have little benefit over the online manual of the Adobe applications, especially if they delve into tedious and boring step-by-step descriptions such as "press key A, now press key B, etc.". This book takes a refreshingly different approach in that each chapter first explains the nuts and bolts of a certain feature, then continues to exemplify it with practical examples of professional Illustrator artists, but at a very detailed level and with the actual files on the enclosed DVD. Thus, it is not only a tutorial, but also a portfolio of stellar works that will inspire any AI user.
I had a look at various other Illustrator CS5 books, and this one was the best I found. Can't fault it in any way and wish the authors many happy returns. Highly recommended for any intermediate Illustrator user looking for inspiration.
Because I never really embraced Illustrator and have been fairly self taught via projects along the way I finally decided to breakdown and pick this up. I still do not find Illustrator as intuitive as Freehand was but this is a great way to dive into the nitty gritty of an Adobe software, this being Illustrator, for a non-novice. Maybe a beginner but I am past that. I need nuanced examples. I often know what I want then go looking for how to achieve it. Sometimes it takes following someone else's steps with an actual project in mind for me to learn more. That's why I like these books.
For example, I don't need to know how to create a new document, but I do need to learn some tips and tricks that make working in illustrator less frustrating. Within reading two or three pages of the book I was hooked and bought it immediately. There are tutorials on things like making maps easily in illustrator, drawing complex shapes, and just how to arrange your work space to make it less frustrating. These are things I have wondered about for years, tinkered with him around, and given up on.
If you have trouble learning new computer skills, I don't recommend this book for you. However, if you are a quick learner like me, give this book a shot. I think you'll be happy you did!